Man jailed 2 years over theft of batteries

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By Onozure Dania

Lagos—Magistrate N. A. Layeni of a Lagos Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Igbosere, yesterday, sentenced a 35-year-old unemployed man, Gabriel Peter, to two years imprisonment for stealing batteries worth N70,000.

The defendant, whose address was not given, was first arraigned on October 4, on a three-count charge of burglary and theft.

He had, however, pleaded guilty to all the counts and pleaded for leniency, saying he stole the items to enable him raise some money to help his family.

Magistrate Layemi gave him an option of N100,000 fine.

The magistrate sentenced Peter after listening to the facts of the case, reviewed by the prosecutor, Sergeant Oladejo Balogun.

Balogun had told the court that the convict committed the offences between July and September 29.

He noted that Peter and others still at large unlawfully entered into the premises of the complainant, broke the locks of a power generator and stole two batteries worth N70,000.

According to the prosecutor, the offences are punishable under Sections 287, 308 (2) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.


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